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News Update 8 April 2013

Kia ora,

While we’ve been working towards this week’s MA13 conference on Hamilton, other things have been happening around the country. Te Papa has made a splash, opening a re-vamped art exhibition space for ‘Nga toi: Arts Te Papa’.  The opening by Minister Chris Finlayson, was up-beat, with CE Mike Houlihan and Board member Evan Williams both sharing their excitement for  refreshed and expanded art programme at Te Papa.  After all the recent re-vision, shake-up and changes there, it will be good to see some positive, outward-looking activity.

Radio New Zealand continues to give excellent coverage of museums and gallery matters. Listen online to the Easter interview with CE Mike Houlihan on changes at Te Papa, MA13 panel convenor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, and Christchurch Art Gallery Director and MA Board member Jenny Harper interviewed by Lyn Freeman on The Arts on Sunday.

Some of you may remember Miri Young, who worked with Museums Aotearoa on the MA10 conference in New Plymouth, and received a Mina McKenzie Scholarship when she went to the USA on a Fulbright fellowship in 2010. Miri has sent links to two projects she worked on/is working on in New York which were profiled on the front page of the New York Times Weekend Arts section this week: Judd’s 101 Spring Street and Whales from Te Papa at the American Natural History Museum. Miri proudly thanks everyone who supported and encouraged her on either or both of these projects. It’s great to see Miri doing such interesting work, and we look forward to her eventual return home to bring her experience back to our museum profession.

Meanwhile, some of our advocacy work has paid off.  Earlier in the year MA asked the Ministry of Education for some clarification on LEOTC funding.  Their proposed review of LEOTC seemed to have stalled, and many museums were in the dark as to what might happen when current contracts expire.  In answer to our request for information, we were told by MoE that, “The Ministry will be offering providers the opportunity to extend all current LEOTC contracts through variation to June 2014, as it considers future options for the LEOTC programme as a whole.” All current providers were to be notified by the end of March. While this is not a satisfactory situation looking forward, at least they have acknowledged that providers are entitled to be kept informed. We will continue to press the MoE for engagement and progress, and invite MA members to advise us of any changes or information that affects their LEOTC funding.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton this week.  Note that all MA staff will be at the conference so may not be checking emails and the like until next Tuesday 16th April.

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team


News Update 28 September 2011

The news is again full of rugby-related matters, with a few interesting snippets such as LEOTC funding and museum developments sneaking through. Even if you’re not a rugby fan, there is no doubt that the whole country is buzzing with events and activities, including museum and gallery programmes – and they seem to be well-received by visitors from far and near. The latest news round up is here in our members’ area.

MA12 conference
The MA12 team is planning a fabulous conference in Wellington, with great social events for you to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends as well as serious sessions for your professional development. Keep an eye out for an announcement of international keynote speakers soon. We have circulated a call for papers. There will be a range of formats, from formal presentations to more interactive sessions with short talks, panel discussions and workshop-style otpions. Please send your ideas to us by 30 September, including an indication of what kind of format you think would work best. We have already received some great proposals, and the planning team will be meeting in early October to arrange the detailed programme.

Tourism data
The latest forecasts from Tourism Research predict income from Chinese tourists overtaking Britain and the USA next year. However, their spend will still be less than one third that of our Australian tourists. The average annual growth in tourist expenditure from 2010-2016 is forecast at 2.7%, This compares with an actual decline in international visitor expenditure of 6.5% for the year ended June 2011 and a forecast increase of 10% for 2011 – presumably because of the Rugby World Cup. With figures this variable, the proof will certainly be in the pudding!

Financial reporting
There are changes afoot in the financial reporting standards, relating particularly to small to medium non-profit organisations – which includes a great many museums.  The Minister of Commerce, Hon Simon Power, issued a media release on 14 September which outlines the proposed changes for different kinds of entities. For example, it is indicated that the External Reporting Board (XRB) is likely to accept a simple format reporting approach for registered charities with operating expenditure less than $2 million – this could reduce compliance costs such as audit fees.  There are position and consultation papers on the XRB website. The closing date for submissions to the XRB is Friday 16 December 2011.

National cultural policy
Both Australia and Scotland are currently consulting about national cultural policy. Across the Tasman, the Office for the Arts is now in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and has released a discussion paper which outlines goals and strategies for a new National Cultural Policy. The discussion paper specifically talks about ‘arts and creativity’ in terms of the future of Australia’s society and economy, and the policy aims to “embed the arts and creative skills in national life by recognising and strengthening the links between a creative culture and priorities to boost economic productivity, drive innovation and strengthen community cohesion”. There is a clear emphasis on innovation and emerging technologies, and the split between ‘arts’ and ‘heritage’ is of some concern. Heritage remains within the revamped Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Community – which includes historic places, indigenous heritage and moveable cultural heritage – and is not covered by this new ‘cultural’ policy. The discussion paper is open for comment until 21 October 2011, and the implications of the separation of arts/culture from heritage are worthy of consideration.

On the other side of the world, Museums Galleries Scotland has opened consultation on a national strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries. MGS was appointed by the Scottish government to lead the strategy process, and will take on its delivery when finalised – an interesting model for government-museum sector partnership. The National Strategy Consultation document is open for comment until 8 November 2011.

News Update

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news that has been uploaded today, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view). This is a slim edition due our special ahead-of-schedule news last week (which now has an index online to view).

The media over the last week has shown us a roller coaster of images and news from Canterbury. We are all extremely relieved that no lives were lost and there was relatively little damage to museum and gallery collections. Serious damage will need to be dealt with at Kaiapoi Museum and the Logie Collection at Canterbury University, and many heritage buildings are damaged or still awaiting assessment. We also feel for all the private owners and collectors whose treasures have been lost.

However, major institutions such as Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Air Force Museum have come through almost unscathed. The art gallery staff are this week cleaning up after hosting civil defence HQ, in readiness for reopening to the public along with other Christchurch institutions such as Ballantynes.

There is a huge job to be done to repair and clean up across the affected region, not to mention the emotional and psychological healing that will be required. It is great to see groups such as NZ Conservators of Cultural Materials and NZ Institute of Architects stepping up and offering help, as well as the Canterbury Disaster Salvage team and many other individuals and organisations. National Services Te Paerangi has several useful links and contacts up on their website worth checking out. We wish everyone involved a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, the wheels of government continue to turn. We notice there have been significant changes made to the LEOTC funding model this year, and it will be interesting to see what this looks like for the museum sector in both the short and long term. The most obvious change is a move away from annual tender rounds based on specific ‘learning areas’ of the curriculum, allowing proposals for any learning area to be submitted. The other notable change appears to be a greater regional emphasis in the selection process. Also any new contracts entered into over the next two years will have an end date of June 2013 to bring all contracts into the same cycle and ” to pave the way for the new contracting environment”. There is information about these changes on the LEOTC website here, and the current tender document (number 30798) is available on the government electronic tendering service website here, for download.

And in Auckland the framework for the new Auckland City is now in place, ready for the new council to take up the reins following the October elections. The Board for Regional Facilities Auckland, the new ‘super-CCO’ group responsible for Auckland Art Gallery alongside the zoo and various stadia and events centres, has been announced, Appointees include Sir Don McKinnon as Chair, with Dame Jenny Gibbs as Deputy Chair. Regional Facilities Auckland is expected in future to also be responsible for the Auckland Museum and MOTAT, as well as Voyager Maritime Museum and others currently under the Auckland Regional Amenities Act, further details are available online here.

There have been Mayoral debates in several cities, and some interesting statements by candidates. So keep in touch with goings-on in local politics and make sure you vote for your local councillors who actively support arts, culture and heritage. Many candidates have profiles on the national election website or visit for links to all local councils as well as news and other useful links.

Best wishes to all, especially our friends in Canterbury,

ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie

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